Protein kinase C, focal adhesions and the regulation of cell migration

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Cell adhesion to extracellular matrix is a complex process involving protrusive activity driven by the actin cytoskeleton, engagement of specific receptors, followed by signaling and cytoskeletal organization. Thereafter, contractile and endocytic/recycling activities may facilitate migration and adhesion turnover. Focal adhesions, or focal contacts, are widespread organelles at the cell-matrix interface. They arise as a result of receptor interactions with matrix ligands, together with clustering. Recent analysis shows that focal adhesions contain a very large number of protein components in their intracellular compartment. Among these are tyrosine kinases, which have received a great deal of attention, whereas the serine/threonine kinase protein kinase C has received much less. Here the status of protein kinase C in focal adhesions and cell migration is reviewed, together with discussion of its roles and potential substrates.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)172-84
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

    Research areas

  • Animals, Cell Movement, Enzyme Activation, Focal Adhesions, Humans, Protein Kinase C

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